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Even in the luxurious glow of an acclaimed NYC restaurant, a few discreet heads turned when a radiant Jennifer Lopez arrived at Per Se with Bradley Cooper for a Saturday-night dinner date — just the two of them, with no handlers, bodyguards or entourage.

Over two hours, J.Lo, 42, and Bradley, 36, seemed to enjoy each other and the romantic ambiance at the restaurant high atop Columbus Circle. Though one insider was quick to dismiss the dinner as a business meeting to discuss a possible new project, others insist that the hookup was definitely romantic. OK! has the scoop in this week’s new issue!

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“It was absolutely a date; calling it a business meeting is simply a way for them to deflect attention,” says an insider. “Bradley took Jennifer there. He’s had a crush on her for years, even before he’d ever met her.”

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Bradley and J.Lo had met in recent years at industry events, says the insider, but it was only after her high-profile split with Marc Anthony, her husband of seven years, this summer that the star of The Hangover was able to approach her. Fortunately, the timing was right.

FOR MORE ON J.LO AND BRADLEY’S ROMANTIC DINNER, PICK UP THIS WEEK’S ISSUE OF OK! — ON SALE EVERYWHERE THURSDAY!

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